Daily Telegraph - Monday 14 February 2005
Govt lukewarm on 40kph CBD rezone
February 14, 2005
City of Sydney Council is due to meet tonight to assess submissions on its plans to introduce the 40kph zone.
But NSW Premier Bob Carr today said he could not rule out overriding the council if it pushed ahead with the changes.
He said he had to consider the impact the rezoning would have on the central business district's workforce and not just pedestrian safety.
"I am not in favour of reducing it until I see some strong arguments.
"The city has got to be kept moving, the federal government is running a mass immigration policy that brings a thousand people a week into the city and that's putting pressure on it," he said.
"We will look seriously at anything the city council promotes but I've got a responsibility to see that the traffic in the city continues to move."
A City of Sydney spokesman said a council survey found more than 70 per cent of people backed the proposal last November.
"It has widespread public support and it is in line with the RTA's pedestrian safety reform," he said.
Only the RTA, and not the state government, was in a position to override a council decision to reduce the speed limit, he said.
"We would expect that it (the proposal) would meet the RTA's requirements."
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Sydney Morning Herald - Tuesday 15 February 2005
Go slow: council warned on changing speed limit
By Bonnie Malkin
The Premier has threatened to overrule a proposal by City of Sydney to
reduce the speed limit in the CBD to 40kmh.
Bob Carr said yesterday that he could not rule out intervening if the city
"I am not in favour of reducing it until I see some strong arguments," he
Mr Carr's statement would not prevent the Roads and Traffic Authority
A City of Sydney spokesman said a council survey in November found that more
Jeff Lewis, a spokesman for the city, said during periods of heavy
Sydney's Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said pedestrian safety was the main
High pedestrian activity zones, in which vehicles are limited to 40kmh,
In 1999 the then minister for transport and minister for roads, Carl Scully,
"While we would support moves to improve pedestrian safety, we would like to
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